Breakout Churches: Discover How to Make the Leap

Paperback | January 10, 2010

byThom S. Rainer

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Breakout Churches¬ … what does it take for your church to break out of mediocrity? In search of answers, Thom Rainer and his research team conducted a landmark study on the church. Unfolding the findings of that study, Breakout Churches furnishes both principles and examples to show how you as a pastor or church leader can help your church break out of the status quo into unprecedented fruitfulness. Of the thousands of churches examined in the study, thirteen met the criteria for a “breakout church.” All of them experienced both a period of struggle and a time of sustained breakout growth under the same pastor’s leadership. Transitioning from mediocrity to excellence over several years, they grew to have an impact on the entire community. Breakout Churches tells the story of these churches and their pastors. And, using a statistical approach, it identifies key patterns and characteristics common to churches that experienced turnarounds.

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Breakout Churches¬ … what does it take for your church to break out of mediocrity? In search of answers, Thom Rainer and his research team conducted a landmark study on the church. Unfolding the findings of that study, Breakout Churches furnishes both principles and examples to show how you as a pastor or church leader can help your ch...

Thom S. Rainer (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and, Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:January 10, 2010Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310293472

ISBN - 13:9780310293477

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CONTENTSAcknowledgments 9The Research Team 11Preface 13CHAPTER 1 WHY GOOD IS NOT ENOUGH:THE CHRYSALIS FACTOR 15CHAPTER 2 ACTS 6/7 LEADERSHIP 35CHAPTER 3 EIGHT KEYS TO ACTS 6/7 LEADERSHIP 53CHAPTER 4 THE ABC MOMENT 69CHAPTER 5 THE WHO/WHAT SIMULTRACK 91CHAPTER 6 THE VIP FACTOR 111CHAPTER 7 A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE 129CHAPTER 8 INNOVATION ACCELERATORS 147CHAPTER 9 BIG MO OR BLIND EROSION? 165CHAPTER 10 TO BECOME A BREAKOUT CHURCH 185A Personal Postscript 201Appendix A. Frequently Asked Questions 205Appendix B. Selection Process and Research Steps 213Appendix C. Selection Process of Comparison Churches 217Appendix D. Synopsis of Churches Selected 219Appendix E. Church Readiness Inventory 241Notes 245Name and Subject Index 253